The NFL is baaaaaaaaack! The first regular season game of the year will kickoff tonight, as the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos, in a replay of February’s Super Bowl.
This time, though, the game will be played in Denver in Mile High Stadium, instead of a neutral Super Bowl venue. Maybe that will help the Panthers win — or maybe it’ll be the fact that the Broncos lost a bunch of defensive players and both of their quarterbacks. They’re now starting complete unknown Trevor Siemian at the most important position in the game of football. Good luck with that.
As for the Carolina Panthers, they may actually be better than they were last year. Sure, they lost Josh Norman, but Kelvin Benjamin is healthy this time around. Having an actually competent receiver for Cam Newton to throw the ball to should go a long way. Plus, Carolina is coming off a 15-win season — they can afford to take a step back, and still be really good.
All in all, tonight should be a great introduction to the 2016 NFL season. The real meat and potatoes will be on the menu on Sunday, though. Now that I can’t wait for.
When is the game?
Tonight at 8:40 p.m. ET!
Where can I watch it?
On NBC, nationally. Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya will be calling the game.
Any online streaming options?
What do the oddsmakers say?
The Panthers are three-point favorites.